Mark Pharaoh

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Mark Pharaoh
Personal information
Born (1931-07-18) 18 July 1931 (age 91)[1]
Wandsworth, Greater London, England[1]
Sport track and field

Mark Pharaoh (born 18 July 1931)[1] is a former track and field athlete, who competed in the discus throw at both the 1952 Helsinki Olympics[2] and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics where he came fourth. This has been described as by far the finest single achievement in British discus history.[3] He was also an international shot put and hammer thrower. He was fifth in the shot put at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and second in the hammer at the 1953 Summer International University Sports Week.[4]

Mark Pharaoh was born 18 July 1931 and as a youth attended Manchester Grammar School where he excelled at sport and was an active member of the Gannet patrol of Troop 4 of the school's scouts. He went on to study at Manchester University.[1] Having competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics and having won the British AAA's on four occasions[5] he competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics. He came fourth, setting a British record of 54.27 m in the process and missing the bronze medal by just 13 cm.[3] Mark also represented Walton Athletic Club in Walton-on-Thames[6]

National titles

  • AAA Championships: 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956